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The Wirebender presents in the mix another On U sound special

Once in every while Simon Wade, our man in London, sets together a show with the sounds and spirit from Adrian Sherwood’s On U Sound label. Here’s another mix. In Simon’s words: “In collaboration with Hebden sound the show features previews of Adrian Sherwood’s label with upcoming releases and a resurrection of some archive scientific dancehall classics.” “ I began listening to On u sound through mix tapes from friends at college around 1983 onwards. So it’s great to be given the opportunity to once again share some of them…

Adrian Shephard and Simon Wade talk with Jill Newman about Berlin 1980, Ziggy, Iggy and much more

Simon Wade, in Berlin on a visit and Adrian Shephard talked in our Radio On studio with their long time friend Jill Newman. The starting point of the talk is the Berlin connection. Jill came to Berlin in 1980 as a young au-pair girl. She was hosted by a family who lived in a house somewhere near a lake, and found herself in a Cindarella scenario. She talks about the people she met in the post-punk days in Berlin, and what happened one Christmas day very long ago. The second…

The Wirebender meets Jstar – Interview

It was one of those surprise actions we do more often at Radio On: we break in in our regular program and start a live show. You can catch those moments if you keep a close watch on our twitter timeline (following would be even better.) Our man in London, Simon Wade aka The Wirebender, had come to Berlin and found the time to visit our studio and do a live show. We will broadcast it again, because some of you might have missed it. (Or want to listen again.)…

The Wirebender presents The Process -interviews, tracks and remixes ft Adrian Sherwood and Nissenenmondai

The show starts with an interview. Simon Wade calls in from London. David Asher and Skip McDonald answer the call in Detroit. Chicago? What is the reason that such a long-distance connection should be established? One clue to the answer is Ras Seymour Mclean. He is also the gentleman in the picture above. And the following is part of his story, word to Simon: #Return The Treasures”  featured in the Wirebender’s show the album by THE PROCESS, “Who Is That Mad Band?”, was inspired by the tireless work of Ras Seymour Mclean, in…

The Wirebender presents Wide Awake

Simon Wade aka The Wirebender joined Radio On a couple of years ago. In his first programs he showcased works from On U Sound sources, the label of Adrian Sherwood. After a short while he discovered the joys of radiomaking even more, up to a point that he’s almost a station of his own. Readings, sound exhibitions, activities within a community, reports and interviews are now part of Simon’s offerings. Wide Awake is a great example of the variety he brings. In Wide Awake you will hear Rupert Smith reading…

The Wirebender presents highlights of The Amber Squad

A taste of the happy poppunk musics UK had to offer in a parallel universe to doom, new romantics, Thatcher and the nuclear bomb in this Wirebender special. Time to cheer up. Amber Squad.Fb  read, read and look     The Wirebender presents highlights of The Amber Squad recorded live in December 2015 – Listen in  at 23.00 hrs (-1 for UK Time) on Tuesday 26th July.

The Wirebender presents Chris Salewicz reads from his book Dead Gods: The 27 Club

The Wirebender presents a reading by Chris Salewicz. It was recorded during a book presentation in a book store in London. Dead Gods describes the lifes of pop and rock stars who died at the age of 27. Salewicz’s style is a mix of hard-boiled detective and gonzo-journalism, a very pleasant listen. Simon Wade says “Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for over three decades, in print and on television and radio and as features writer for the New Musical Express from ’74 to ’81. As a newspaper boy in…

The Wirebender presents Mandragora (Live) and friends

The Wirebender offers a program with live and studio recordings from four groups whose music is dub-oriented or related. Click on the links if you would like to find out more about the bands. Mandragora Nine Invisibles ShaMANoiD Celt Islam UVX In addition to the music, we would also like to raise awareness for the fundraising action by Simon Williams, one of the members of Mandragora. On this page you can read the following words “I am running my first marathon in Brighton on my birthday – April 17th. It’s…

The Wirebender presents Ghetto Priest special by David Asher, part two

Part two of a masterly mixed show by David Asher. It starts of smooth and mellow, almost suitable to hear in the background when you drink your latte, and then, halfway it becomes steaming and militant. At one point you will hear mention of the year 1868. You can start your research on that, here. Says Simon Wade The Wirebender hosted by guest Detroit’s David Asher Presents Part two of a three part special featuring the music of Ghetto Priest. Ghetto Priest aka Squidz is one of the most flamboyant,…